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Best of the Strombo Show: Elisapie, Ian MacKaye + London Calling 40th Anniversary
Sunday night is for the only band that matters.
Elisapie was given up for adoption as a baby, on the tarmac of an airport, to be raised in the community of Salluit, Nunavik until she lost her parents before she was twenty, resulting toward her escape to Montreal. Her album The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl is her story as an expatriate Inuk. Home. Adoption. Motherhood. Nomadism. Reestablishing a connection to your community. It is recounted and explored in conversation with Strombo, along with the songs that soundtracked her road.
 
Strombo ventures to the House Of Dischord for a rare conversation with Ian MacKaye. He has been leading Washington bands for four decades: Fugazi, Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, The Evens and when he was a teenager, he founded the massively impactful, Dischord Records. He has spent his life invested in a DIY philosophy. Championing accessibility and inclusivity in his work with a fearless approach. He said it himself, “If you see something that scares the shit out of you, go towards it. You’re about to learn something.”
We’ll honour the fortieth anniversary The Clash’s London Calling through demos, memories and conversation. Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon strolled into a garage in Pimilco, known as Vanilla Studios, in May 1979 with no songs prepared for what would become their seminal album. Strombo revisits the time with the photographer behind the classic bass destruction album cover, Pennie Smith and the keyboardist, Mick Gallagher. Voices that were born from the album also call-in to celebrate its value: Billy Bragg, Bry Webb of Constantines, Flogging Molly and Tom Morello.
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Best Of The House Of Strombo Sessions: Part Two

Sunday night is for remembering.

George Stroumboulopoulos, the host and landlord of our little program, revisits some of his favourite sessions that filled his Toronto home with miles of cables, stacks of amps, warm sound and honest conversation.

Four hours is not quite enough time to pack together all of the best moments from the House Of Strombo, but the incredible array of artists in this episode includes: Against Me!, Alexisonfire, Amanda Palmer, Amelia Curran, Arkells, Barr Brothers, Basia Bulat, The Beaches, Belle Game, Black Mountain, Born Ruffians, Broken Social Scene, Carole Pope, Chantal Kreviazuk, Cherry Glazerr, Chilly Gonzales, City And Colour, Common Deer, Dilly Dally, Hamilton Leithauser, Heartstreets, Jennifer Castle, Jessie Reyez, Joel Plaskett, John Prine, K-Os, Kid Koala, Laura Marling, Leif Vollebekk, The Lonely Parade, Lou Canon, Lowell, Marc Ribot, Margo Price, Mary Gauthier, The Melvins, Mo Kenney, Peaches, Rae Spoon, Raine Maida, Stars, Steve Earle and Vanessa Carlton.

There have been generous offerings from many friends of the show, particularly in two special celebratory episodes. We dive into a collection of voices from the HIP30: A Celebration of Canada’s Band, The Tragically HipBarenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Hannah Georgas, Iskwé, Sarah Harmer and Weaves. And from our JONI75, which includes reiminagings of Joni Mitchell songs from Dizzy, Jean-Michel Blais, July Talk, La Force, Lights & Regent Park School Of Music, Lissie, Milk + Bone and Taylor Knox. 

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Best Of The House Of Strombo Sessions
Sunday night is for remembering.

George Stroumboulopoulos, the host and landlord of our little program, revisits some of his favourite sessions that filled his Toronto home with miles of cables, stacks of amps, warm sound and honest conversation.

Four hours is not quite enough time to pack together all of the best moments from the House Of Strombo, but the incredible array of artists in this episode includes:  Against Me!, Andy Kim, Behemoth, Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Death From Above, Dinosaur Jr., The Dirty Nil, Do Make Say Think, Ellevator, Emily Haines, Father John Misty, Flogging Molly, Fucked Up, Hollerado, JJ Shiplett, Kate Tempest, Kevin Drew, The Kills, La Force, Leif Vollebekk, Mac Demarco, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Maggie Rogers, Martha Wainwright, MixMaster Mike, Partner, Rufus Wainwright, Scott Weiland, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Spoon, Steve Earle and Weyes Blood.

There have been generous offerings from many friends of the show, particularly in two special celebratory episodes. We dive into a collection of voices from the HIP30: A Celebration of Canada’s Band, The Tragically HipChoir! Choir! Choir!, Harrison & M.I. Blue, Julie Doiron, Rheostatics, Silver Pools, Skydiggers, Stars and Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!. And from our JONI75, which includes reiminagings of Joni Mitchell songs from Charlotte Cornfield, Jeremy Dutcher, Jim Cuddy, Terra Lightfoot and The Weather Station.

We’ll also hear from some of the wonderful people that make this show possible as they share their favourite musical memories that were set within the House Of Strombo, which will include Arkells, Broken Social Scene, Charles Bradley, The Cult, John Prine, Robert Plant and Sting.

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Best of the Strombo Show: Hundo 2018

It’s that time of year again.

George shares the best records of the year with you from Alexandra Stéliski to Kali Uchis, Janelle Monae to Ellevator, Courtney Barnett to La Force, The Lonely Parade to Kacey Musgraves, Alessia Cara to Witch Prophet, Fanny Bloom to Jennifer Castle and more.

We’ll also welcome a few friends of the show to share their favourites, including Bahamas, Elisapie, Jennifer Castle and Sarah Harmer.

Join the collective.
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Best of the Strombo Show: Hundo 2018 Part One

It’s that time of year again.

George shares the best records of the year with you from Alexandra Stéliski to Kali Uchis, Janelle Monae to Ellevator, Courtney Barnett to La Force, The Lonely Parade to Kacey Musgraves, Alessia Cara to Witch Prophet, Fanny Bloom to Jennifer Castle and more.

We’ll also welcome a few friends of the show to share their favourites, including Bahamas, Elisapie, Jennifer Castle and Sarah Harmer.

Join the collective.
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Best of the Strombo Show: Canada Day Special: Indigenous Voices
Sunday night is for the truth.
It’s our way of taking on the night before Canada Day.
We revisit performances and conversations that have been recorded in the House Of Strombo with some of the most important Indigenous voices today, including A Tribe Called Red‘s electric pow-wow; Andrea Warner and Buffy Sainte-Marie‘s in-depth exploration; Elisapie‘s musical upbringing; Ian Campeau‘s journey to preserve language; Iskwé‘s reclaiming of The Tragically HipJeremy Dutcher‘s haunting Joni Mitchell cover; Snotty Nose Rez Kids and DJ Kookum‘s sweaty session and lastly, the mighty Tanya Tagaq.
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Best of the Strombo Show: A Very Strombo Special Holiday Special

Throw a log on the fire, drown yourself in some eggnog and turn up that radio dial as our friends come together to perform and share their stories for you.

We’ll welcome Alan Doyle, BadBadNotGood, Choir! Choir! Choir!, cleopatrick, coeur de pirate, The Dears, Dizzy, Hannah Georgas, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, John Prine, Kevin Hearn, La Force, Leif Vollebekk, Lido Pimienta, Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Maylee Todd, Mo Kenney, Partner, Queer Songbook Orchestra with Leah Fay of July Talk, Regent Park School Of Music, Rich Aucoin, Sharon And Bram, Stars, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station, Yukon Blonde and the last surviving member of the band behind the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, Jerry Granelli.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.
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Best of the Strombo Show: HIP30: A Celebration of Canada’s Band, The Tragically Hip

For Gord.

On New Year’s Day, the Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the Tragically Hip’s 30th anniversary, featuring covers and chats with the Hip’s friends, fans and colleagues.

“This past year has been an incredibly emotional one for Canada’s band and their fans. It marked their 30th anniversary and their monumental tour — a tour that captured the minds of our nation,” says George Stroumboulopoulos. “On January 1st, we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the new year with an unprecedented gathering. The Strombo Show has invited Canada’s best bands into my living room to celebrate and cover their favourite Hip songs and share their memories of the band, the music and of course, Gord Downie. Four hours of incredible music, memories and moments. There has never been a show like this — Canada’s best covering Canada’a band. This is our love letter to the band. Join us, and share it.`

Performances include Arkells, Blue Rodeo, Rheostatics, Sarah Harmer and Stars. Stories and memories are shared with A Tribe Called Red, Adam Van Koeverden, Andy Kim, Atom Egoyan, Daniel Lanois, George Elliott Clarke, Joseph Boyden, Kate Fenner, Lieve Prins (artist behind Fully Completely album art), RUSH, Sam Roberts, Steve Jordan, Tanis Rideout, Teddy Fury and the Hip’s longtime technical director, Dave ‘Billy Ray’ Koster.

Best of the Strombo Show: Strombo’s Halloween Treat with Fucked Up, The Glorious Sons + More

The Strombo Show brings your soundtrack for our annual Halloween Treat. Carve a pumpkin. Light a candle. Eat some candy this Sunday evening.

Fucked Up will also be bringing their magnificent opus Dose Your Dreams to the living room in a full-blast session for you. Their aspirations have expanded beyond their punk and hardcore realm with all members exploring vocal duties and with our kitchen chandelier swinging out of time, they delivered the goods. With Pink Eye’s children sitting in the front row, Fucked Up tear through new jams, dust off some of their oldest work and cover The Ramones.

The Glorious Sons have emerged from Kingston’s shadows as one of this country’s most celebrated rock radio staples. Before hitting the road for a national tour with The Beaches, they strip down their grit in an acoustic session to perform their biggest songs, explore recent sobriety, the late night conversations that they shared with Gord Downie and testify to their idols (that they shared the stage with) through covering The Rolling Stones.

We’ll also have many guests knocking at the door to share the musical selections and stories, including: Allie X, Art D’Ecco, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Darcys, The Kills, Mac Demarco, Monica Bodirsky and Shad.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Happy Halloween, friends.